'Emotional' Mick McCarthy hails 'brilliant' players and toasts first Blackpool win in 15 games

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Ian Poveda's seventh-minute strike secured Blackpool's first win in 15 games and moved them off the bottom of the Championship table.

Stoke wasted several glorious chances and Blackpool were indebted to goalkeeper Chris Maxwell, who made a string of brilliant saves. McCarthy's last win came as Cardiff boss in September 2021 and he admitted it has been a long wait. "I didn't need any reminding! I was a bit emotional at the end, that's my first win in a long time that," he said. "The lads have been brilliant, I said to them when I went in at the end that it was never in doubt. That was slightly tongue in cheek! "They've given me everything in every game. I think some people think if you don't put in hard work then you get beat, but we keep putting in the hard yards. "If you keep doing that you'll get a break and thankfully we got one. They've had their luck today and we deserved it. "It seemed a long time to that final whistle after we went ahead. I don't care when we score as long as we keep a clean sheet." McCarthy made the bold call to take the captaincy off goalkeeper Maxwell and hand it to defender Callum Connolly, and says he was thrilled with the outcome. "We were superb. Maxi was outstanding, I gave the captaincy to Callum. I didn't take it off Maxi for any other reason than I don't think they can affect the game as much," he added. "Callum's been brilliant again. I said to Maxi 'if you play like that without the armband on, then why do you want it?' He was absolutely outstanding today."

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